Police are probing allegations of racial abuse against Newcastle United defender James Perch on Twitter.
A 17-year-old Liverpool fan tweeted: “I want to punch perch in his n****r head!”
Perch had clashed with Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina during their Premier League clash on Saturday that eventually saw the stopper sent off.
Liverpool's goalkeeper Pepe Reina (right) confronts Newcastle United's James Perch (2nd left) next to Newcastle United striker Demba Ba,
before being sent-off, during their English FA Premier League football match on Sunday. Pic/AFP
“Northumbria Police contacted us yesterday afternoon after a member of the public complained about allegedly racist comments posted on Twitter, The Daily Mail quoted a Durham spokesman, as saying.
“As the complainant lives in County Durham the matter was referred to Durham Constabulary and an appointment has been made for an officer to visit them and take further details,” he added.
Other Twitter users immediately rounded on the abuser, telling him police would be informed, and reminding the writer about what happened to student Liam Stacey, who was jailed for abusing the Bolton Wanderers’ player Fabrice Muamba.